Project Summary

Give local artists and poets the break of a lifetime by transforming buses into rolling art galleries, exposing art to over 700,000 daily transit riders. Make a tax deductible investment today!

Project Description

Galleries and museums are the traditional way to see and enjoy fine art but not everyone has the opportunity or funds to be able to go to a museum. The Muni Art Project brings the gallery experience to every transit commuter by turning 100 Muni buses into rolling fine art galleries from January through April. As we now prepare for the project in 2018, poets will also have an opportunity to be heard through art. 

In 2018 San Francisco Beautiful is collaborating once again with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and SF Supervisor London Breed to bring original fine art and poetry to over 700,000 daily transit commuters. Given the extensive timeframe for soliciting, judging, and selecting artists, we are seeking your investment now to ensure the Muni Art Project 2018 is fully funded. Your contribution provides the funds to print the original art panels for installation in 100 Muni buses, that’s over 1600 panels, creating original art galleries for all San Francisco transit riders. With your help we can also provide to each artist and poet, a much needed financial stipend and pay the installation costs to create the bus galleries. 

Project Budget

Artist Stipends $15,000
Installation Costs $10,000
Printing Costs $12,000
Staff Costs $6,000

A Sampling of This Year's Artwork


Monica Tiulescu - Teens of San Francisco

Teens of San Francisco is a series of portrait paintings representing San Francisco public school teenagers. Each student held a sign indicating the neighborhood in which they live. The paintings explore the concept of fluctuation between figuration and dis-figuration.


Lillian Shanahan - Bit by Bit

Bit by Bit is a testament to the small things in life. Every tiny aspect of a neighborhood contributes to it’s overall identity. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the small things that have a huge impact, for instance, classes at City College.


Luis Pinto - Las Historias de San Francisco

Las Historias de San Francisco revolves around a variable topography that enables unique cultural exchange. Creating vector illustrations of some of the more diverse yet common storefronts of San Francisco. These locations serve as an emerging connective tissue for the locals and visitors of San Francisco to engage in a new kind of visual network tying architecture to cultural experience and memory.


Counterpoint Studio - City Walks: A collaboration between Lisa Levine and Peter Tonningsen

City Walks is a series of intricately layered images created using our unique collaborative multiple-exposure photographic process intended to celebrate the vibrancy, diversity, and allure of various San Francisco neighborhoods.


Todd Kurnat - Sight Seeing: San Francisco Edition

Sight Seeing showcases a small slice of San Francisco’s diverse wildlife through ink and paint drawings over maps of the neighborhood where they are commonly found. Often overlooked but equally important to our community, this series of portraits is a celebration of all that is wild and free throughout our fair city.

2018 Call For Artists

Are you an artist interested in submitting work for Muni Art 2018? Make sure and subscribe to our email updates on the program! Click here for Muni Art updates.

About San Francisco Beautiful

Since 1947, San Francisco Beautiful, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, has been instrumental in preserving citywide and neighborhood character, and creating and delivering community-centered, artistic, public benefit projects. Best known for saving the Cable Cars, San Francisco Beautiful is a trusted partner to the city’s diverse neighborhood communities and the only organization in San Francisco that brings community based organizations together with regional government, philanthropic, and business sectors to improve and artistically beautify the public realm. We count on and efficiently leverage public, private, and philanthropic funds, volunteers, and in-kind contributions that enable us to continue to keep San Francisco beautiful.

All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID 94-6106011. For more information visit

Join Us In This Effort

This project, which is a first for San Francisco, breaks down every barrier to traditional fine art galleries by enabling every Muni rider to encounter a real art gallery just by getting on a bus. “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Your investment says that you are committed to not only helping local artists and poets but also giving the gallery experience to everybody by turning an ordinary bus commute into a beautiful inspirational experience. 

Invest with us today and bring the beauty of art to everyone. As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”



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